Yesterday marked the funeral of Allan Morrison, Scottish biker and founder of the Blue Angels Motorcycle Club.
Hundreds of bikers from around the world descended on Glasgow, Scotland, to pay their respects to the 77-year-old who passed away from chronic inflammatory lung disease (COPD) on January 29.
The coffin was carried in a side-car and was followed by bikers from across mainland Europe, Scotland and England. The funeral procession started off in Maryhill Road, where the biker club was formed, to Glasgow Crematorium. Police escorted the massive cortege and closed all side roads.
At the time of his death, Morrison’s family said it was “with regret” they had to announce the death of the president of the Blue Angels, “the oldest one per cent motorcycle club in Europe”.
Morrison and his best friend Billy Gordon founded the Blue Angels in 1963. It now has chapters across Scotland, the north of England as well as Belgium and Spain. The Blue Angels lay claim to being the oldest 1% motorcycle club in Europe, and are the only 1% MC in Scotland. The ‘one per cent‘ is often used to describe so-called outlaw motorcycle clubs.
In a YouTube documentary published two years ago, Morrison said: “Our numbers built as the years went.”
“A lot of bikers were having problems with the street gangs. They knew we fought back so they came and joined us.
“You either had to fight with these guys or change your lifestyle altogether, give up your bike. So we decided to fight.”
His passion for the gang, whose logo he has tattooed on him, is clear as he adds: “If somebody tries to take that [patch] off me they’d need to kill me or leave me pure unconscious.
“They’re not going to take it off me, it’s part of my life.”
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